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Translating into "the best of everything," Tlaquepaque is a picturesque recreated Mexican Village offering a unique collection of galleries, restaurants, shops, and a quaint chapel. Named for a particularly beautiful suburb of Mexico's Guadalajara, the open-air market built in the '70s exudes the flavor and charm of Mexico. Fine dining is available at several on-site restaurants, including El Rincon or Rene at Tlaquepaque. Lovely galleries abound, such as the Mountain Trails Gallery with wildlife paintings and sculptures. You will also find spiritual artwork at the Andrea Smith Gallery.
Beginning as a community effort to encourage arts, the center now includes a school with various classes and exhibitions. Enjoy curated shows from visiting or local guest artists, as well as the annual Sculpture Walk. Plays, too, are featured and are produced by the local professional Oak Creek Theatre Company as well as amateur groups like the Sedona Arts Center Community Theatre. Shop the gift gallery for works of hundreds of artists.
Visit this highly photographed spot that has Cathedral Rock as a backdrop. Bring a picnic lunch and a pair of binoculars for bird watching. This lovely place offers picnic tables and vaulted toilets. Enjoy walking the path and learning the history of the area. Many movies were filmed here at the crossing including "Broken Arrow". Take Highway 89A west to the Upper Red Rock Loop Road and head south; then follow the signs. Note that water is unavailable here.
This local museum utilizes the old farmstead of the Jordan family to educate visitors about the heritage of greater Sedona. A trio of landmark buildings form the main exhibits of the museum, whereas visitors can also peruse various antique farming implements and vintage orchard equipment within the space. You can also spot a replica of a tent house and some artifacts related to Sedona's early pioneer history. Surrounded by the region's signature crimson-rock landscape, the museum complex is not only a wonderful place to learn more about the area's history, but also take in the splendid sights.
Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, the chapel was built in 1956 and rises 200 feet from the ground between two large red rock formations. One of the most distinctive features is a 90-foot cross, which can be seen from the ground along State Route 179. A massive stained glass window turns the chapel's interior into a kaleidoscope of color at certain times of the day. No services are held here, but it provides an ideal setting for spiritual reflection and prayer as well as incredible views of the Red Rocks. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
This rock is easily recognized by its stately shape and unusual red color. The object of many visitors' pointed cameras, this rock becomes more than it appears at first glance. Possessing one of four Energy Vortexes in the area, this is a highly popular attraction. Located near the Bell Rock Inn whose rooms offer incredible views, this rock possesses energy of the "active" type, which spirals up, encircling you. Experiment sensing this energy while on the rock by first briskly rubbing your hands together, then hold your palms first upward with arms outstretched, then downward, feeling the invisible forces at work either lifting or pushing down.
Sedona possesses several naturally occurring energy vortexes, which could be described as subtle, spiraling currents that emanate from the earth. Purported to increase spiritual growth and personal enlightenment, these spots are incredibly popular. Visitors from far-flung locations worldwide come to experience the sensations from contact with these vortexes. You'll find four in the area including Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and near the Sedona Airport. Credit cards are not accepted and parking at Red Rock requires a pass. Call for further information.
Endowed with a remarkable natural heritage, Red Rock State Park park is an enchanting mosaic of fabulous rock formations. Sprawled across 286 unspoiled acres (116 hectares), this popular park is the perfect starting point for hiking, picnicking, bird watching, and photography excursions. At an elevation of approximately 3,900 feet (1,200 meters), the air is always rejuvenating. Enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of the natural creek threading the landscape, and soak in the serenity of the area. A visitor's center and gift shop complete the package for those who seek a deeper insight into the region and its striking natural features.
View the ruins of a once prosperous agrarian civilization from atop a high ridge. The people who lived here, the Sinagua, cultivated this land from about 1100-1400 A.D. Originally consisting of approximately 110 rooms, the structure at one time sported three stories in places. Investigate the visitor's center, then follow interpretive trails—walk the paths of a strong and persistent people. The monument is located about 20 miles southwest of Sedona off highway 89A in Clarkdale. Admission is USD3 per person, cash only. Other ancient ruins nearby include Montezuma's Castle and Well.